Pantone releases spring color trends

The Pantone Fashion Color Spring 2013 Report has been released and the top spring colors include Dusk Blue, Nectarine, Emerald, Grayed Jade, African Violet, Monaco Blue, Lemon Zest, Linen, Tender Shoots and Poppy Red.

The Pantone Color Report defines the fashion world. The Pantone Color Institute is comprised of numerous top designers, including Tommy Hilfiger and Tracy Reese, alongside the industry’s leading stylists, fashion consultants and buyers.

So when Pantone chose emerald as the 2013 color of the year, I was ecstatic.

While Emerald will be seen everywhere from apparel, cars and home décor, it will be very popular for the spring season.

Ever since Angelina Jolie wore a black dress with a high slit and classic emerald earrings to the 2009 Academy Awards, the color has been seen everywhere.

Here in Erie we barely see sun during the winter months, so it is extremely exciting when spring rolls in.

I’m definitely guilty of spending the winter months in varying shades of neutrals because I can’t always bring myself to be cheerful due to Erie’s snowstorms, wind and freezing cold.

But spring is here and it is time for us to incorporate more color in our life, specifically emerald.

The good thing about emerald is that its deep, rich color complements every skin tone from the pale skinned redhead to the dark skinned goddess.

Another great quality about emerald is that it catches everyone’s attention. The color is a showstopper, just like you will be, if you choose to wear this color. Its subtle glamour refrains from it being too over the top.

If you want to incorporate emerald into your wardrobe, but in small quantities, try a piece of emerald jewelry to ease into the color trend.

A jewel-encrusted bracelet is a great option, because you can wear it with a pair of jeans and sweater or dress it up with a little black dress. A little pop of color will go a long way.

So whether or not you decide to wear emerald this spring, try one of the other upcoming top spring colors that Pantone has provided.

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